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Heart of Tamil Nadu 11D/10N

Tamil Nadu, Chennai
INR 26,675.00
Holiday Overview

Chennai the capital of Tamil Nadu is a perfect blend of glorious temples, majestic beaches and cultural significance. Proceed to Kanchipuram from Chennai, a city famous for its silks. Known as the 'Golden City' it is the ancient capital of the Pallavas. Kanchipuram is known as one of the seven most sacred cities of India. You will then drive to Mahabalipuram which is a sight of several antique sculptural marvels. Thereafter you will proceed to Pondichery, a destination that carries a whiff of the French presence in India. From Pondicherry head to Trichi, situated on the banks of Kaveri River and is a blend of history and tradition as well as a popular pilgrim centre. Enroute visit Thanjor and its significant attractions such as Brihadeeshwara Temple, 16th century Shivganga Fort, Palace Museum. You will then proceed to Madurai famous for its glorious Meenakshi Temple. Drive to Rameshwaram from Madurai which is a small island in the Gulf of Mannar and a major pilgrim center. End your spectacular journey in Kanyakumari, a scenic destination famous for the Amman Temple.

START POINT CHENNAI
END POINT TRIVANDRUM
TRIP GRADE RELAXED
Holiday Highlights
  • Gandhi Memorial, Fort St. George, Kapaleshwar Temple, Parthasarthy Temple, Mylapore Temple Old Light house and Marina Beach in Chennai
  • Kailash Nath Temple, Ekambareshwaram Temple and Sri Kamakshi Temple in Kanchipuram
  • Arjuna's Penance, Krishna Mandap, The Rathas and Shore Temple in Mahabalipuram
  • Aurobindo Ashram, International City of Auroville,Vedapureswarar Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Temple and Town Hall in Pondicherry
  • Brihadeeshwara Temple, 16th century Shivganga Fort and Palace Museum in Thanjore
  • Ranganath Temple, Jambukeshwar Temple at Srirangam and Rock fort in Trichi
  • Gopurams, Sri Meenakshi Sundereswarar and Palani Temples, King Tirumala's Palace, Vandiyur Mariamman Tank and Gandhi Museum in Madurai
  • Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple, Kurusadai Island and Marine Biosphere in Rameshwaram
  • Amman Temples and Vivekananda Rock Memorial in Kanyakumari
Getting There
By Air

Chennai International Airport is 07 kilometres away from the Chennai city. This is the 3rd busiest airport in India. Frequent domestic as well as international flights arrive here.

By Rail

Chennai Central and Chennai Egmore are the main railway stations in the city receiving regular trains from various major cities of India.

By Road

The city is well connected with other cities in India with a decent road network. Various national highways from Chennai connect with Bengaluru (330km), Trichy (326km), Puducherry (162km) and Tiruvallur (47km). One can use car rental services or state transport buses to solve the purpose of how to reach Chennai.


Day 1
Arrival At Chennai & Local Sightseeing

On arrival at Chennai Airport/Station, you will be greeted by our Local representative who will transfer you to the hotel. Later proceed to Local Sightseeing. Chennai is the capital city of Tamilnadu and the main Centre of this region. Visit Gandhi Memorial, Fort St. George, Kapaleshwar Temple, Parthasarthy Temple, Kala Kshetra, Mylapore Temple Pantheon Museum, Art Gallery, Old Light House and Marina Beach. Overnight stay in Chennai.

Meals - Dinner
Day 2
Chennai-Mahabalipuram (Approx 59Kms/01.30Hrs)

After breakfast check-out from the hotel. Later proceed to Mahabalipuram. Enroute visit Kanchipuram the ancient capital of the Pallavas famous as golden city of 1000 Temples and still has 124 shrines. It is one of the seven most sacred cities of India. Kanchipuram is also famous for its silks. Visit its famous temples - Kailash Nath Temple, Ekambareshwaram Temple, Sri Kamakshi Temple etc. Later proceed to Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram). On arrival at Mahabalipuram, check-in to the hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. Overnight stay in Mahabalipuram.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 3
Mahabalipuram-Pondicherry (Approx 99Kms/02Hrs)

After breakfast check out from the hotel. Later proceed for Mahabalipuram (Mamallapuram) Local Sightseeing. This ancient Pallava Fort, is today the sight of several antique sculptural marvels. In this ancient seaside town, shrines and huge sculptures cut-out of rocks more than 1200 years back during the reign of Pallava Kings in the region can be seen. At the mouth of the river Palar, on large granite hall about 1 km in length from north to south is the site of many monuments, like The Descent of Ganges also known as Arjuna's Penance. This open air sculpture showing the descent of the holy River, Krishna Mandap, The Rathas and the Shore temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the afternoon proceed to Pondicherry and check-in to the hotel. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 4
Pondicherry Sightseeing

Morning post breakfast proceed for Local Sightseeing of Pondicherry. Visit Arbindo Ashram, the city of dawn, which is 10kms north of Pondicherry. This ashram promotes Aurbindo's ideas in bringing about a synthesis of Yoga and modern science, so as to unite the spirit and matter. In the afternoon visit Auroville - a unique experiment in international living and in creating a new environment where men and women of all nationalities live together in harmony, Vardaraja Perumal Temple, Vedapureswarar Temple, Manakula Vinayagar Temple War Memorial and Town Hall. Overnight stay in Pondicherry.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 5
Pondicherry-Trichy (Approx 205Kms/3.30Hrs)

Post breakfast check out from the hotel and proceed to Trichy. Enroute visit to Thanjor. Visit Brihadeeshwara Temple, 16th century Shivganga Fort, Palace museum & more. Overnight stay in Trichy.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 6
Trichy Local Sightseeing

After breakfast proceed for Local Sightseeing. Trichy is the short form of Trichirapalli. Situated on the banks of Kaveri River, Trichi is a blend of history and tradition and is also known as a pilgrim centre. Visit the famous Ranganath Temple and Jambukeshwar Temple at Srirangam and Rock fort and its temple. Overnight stay in Trichy.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 7
Trichy-Madurai (Approx 134Kms/02Hrs)

Morning after breakfast proceed to Madurai. On arrival at Madurai, check-in to the hotel. Later proceed for city tour. The Pandyan rulers made this their capital until the 14th Century and the city flowered with the genius of its writers, builders, poets and academics. Then the Nayaks ruled Madurai from the middle of the 16th Century to 1743. The ten tall Gopurams of the Meenakshi Temple were raised during their dynasty. Visit - Sri Meenakshi Sundereswarar and Palani temples, King Tirumala's Palace, Vandiyur Mariamman Tank and Gandhi museum. Overnight stay in Madurai.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 8
Madurai-Rameshwaram (Approx 169Kms/3.30Hrs)

Morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel and proceed to Rameshwaram - a small island in the Gulf of Mannar also known as a major pilgrim centre. Visit Sri Ramanathaswamy Temple - situated near the sea on the eastern side with massive sculptured pillars on either side and has the longest corridors in the world, Kurusadai Island - It is a Marine Biosphere, a paradise for the Marine Biologists and nature lovers. Overnight stay in Rameshwaram.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 9
Rameshwaram-Kanyakumari (Approx 293Kms/05Hrs)

Morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel. Later proceed to Kanyakumari – the land's end of India where the water of the Arabian Sea, the Bay of Bengal and the Indian Ocean meet. On arrival at Kanyakumari, check-in to the hotel. Enjoy sunset in the evening. Overnight saty in Kanyakumari.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 10
Kanyakumari Sightseeing

After breakfast proceed for full day sightseeing of Kanyakumari. Visit the famous Amman Temples a symbol of unity and sanctity dedicated to the virgin Goddess, Kanya kumari and to its South East visit the famous Vivekananda Rock Memorial, a blend of all the architectural styles of India. Overnight saty in Kanyakumari.

Meals - Breakfast & Dinner
Day 11
Kanyakumari-Trivendrum (Approx 91Kms/02Hrs)

This morning after breakfast check-out from the hotel. Our Local representative will transfer you to Trivandrum Airport/Railway Station for departure according to the flight/train timings after an ever memorable holiday in Tamil Nadu.

Meals - Breakfast
Dates
Tour Validity Valid From Valid Upto
Validity 01/07/2017 31/12/2018
Not Valid for: 20th Dec 2016 to 10th Jan 2017
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Accommodation Options
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Pondicherry
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Trichy
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Madurai
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Rameshwaram
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Kanyakumari
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Whats Included
  • Assistance on arrival at airport
  • Accommodation in well appointed rooms
  • Welcome drink on arrival at Hotel
  • Meals inclusive of Daily Breakfast & Dinner
  • All transportation by Indigo/similar car for 02 -03 Pax & Xylo/Innova/similar for 04-06 Pax
  • All Sightseeing & Transportation as per the Itinerary, inclusive of all toll, taxes and driver allowances
Whats Excluded
  • Air fare / train fare.
  • Guide, camera charges & Monuments Entrance fees during sightseeing.
  • Expenses of personal nature such as meals, tips, telephone calls, laundry, liquor, Insurance etc.
  • Supplement will be applicable for Single occupancy.
  • Any other item not specified in the Package Inclusions.
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
Cancellation Policy
  • Cancellation Received on or before 30 days, a 10% processing fee of the total package cost will be charged.
  • Cancellation before 10 days including the 10th Day - 50% of Refund.
  • Cancellation less than 10 days of arrival OR no show - No Refund.
Terms and Conditions
  • Packages are valid up to 31st Dec 2018 ** (Except Long Weekend) **
  • Govt. Service tax @ 9% will be applicable on the total bill.
  • Vehicle and Transportation will be as per itinerary only and not at disposal.
  • Refund on cancellation depends upon the above cancellation policy.
  • The Seller Reserves the right to change/modify or terminate the offer any time at its own discretion and without any prior notice.
  • Supplementary charges will apply for booking falling during Long weekends, Public Holidays and Festival time such as Diwali, Christmas & New Year period.
  • As per Govt. norm Guests are required to present your photo ID Proof such as PAN Card, Passport, Voter ID or Driving License at the time of Check in at the hotel.
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  • In event of any changes done in Hotels or Room Categories or any Deviation is taken from the confirmed itinerary‚ By the Clients‛; Any expenses incurred from such changes will have to be paid in full by clients directly to local operators / Hotels / activity providers.
Areas Covered

Chennai - Chennai , formerly known as Madras is a 369-year-old city and the capital of the Southern State of Tamilnadu. It serves as one of the main gateways to South India and has a thriving local culture and art scene and is one of the major destinations for medical tourism. It is considered as one of the world's fastest growing cities.

Kanchipuram - Kanchipuram is a Spectacular Temple city known as city of thousand temples which reflects the Glorious Traditions of South India with its noted temples. Today, apart from its temples, this small town is also known for its thriving handloom industry. Kanchipuram town is also known as Silk City since the main profession of the people is weaving silk sarees.

Mahabalipuram - Mahabalipuram, also known as Mamallapuram is a town in the Kanchipuram district of Tamil Nadu. It has a group of sanctuaries, which was carved out of rock along the Coromandel coast in the 7th and 8th centuries : rathas (temples in the form of chariots), mandapas (cave sanctuaries), giant open-air reliefs such as the famous 'Descent of the Ganges', and the Shore Temple, with thousands of sculptures to the glory of Shiva. The group of monuments at Mahabalipuram has been classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pondicherry - Away from the hustle and bustle of big cities, Puducherry is a quiet little town on the southern coast of India. The unmistakable French connection, the tree lined boulevards, the quaint colonial heritage buildings, the spiritual sceneries, the endless stretches of unspoilt virgin beaches and backwaters and a surprising choice of restaurants serving a melange of cuisines provide a heady mix of experience that draws travellers from near and far to the city. It is the perfect place to come if you want to take the pace of life down a few notches.

Thanjore - Tanjore is a city in the South Indian state of Tamil Nadu. Most of the Great Living Chola Temples, which are UNESCO World Heritage Monuments, are located in and around Thanjavur

Trichy - Trichy is a fine blend of tradition and modernity built around the Rock Fort. Apart from the Fort, there are several Churches, Colleges and Missions dating back to the 1760s. The town and its fort, now in Trichy were built by the Nayaks of Madurai. This city has given great Tamil scholars whose contributions to the Tamil literature have been very significant.

Madurai -One of South India's great temple towns, Madurai is synonymous with the celebrated Meenakshi Temple. Situated on the banks of river Vaigai, Madurai has a rich cultural heritage passed on from the great Tamil era more than 2500 years old. It was the capital city for the great Pandya kings.

Rameshwaram - Located in the district of Ramanathapuram in Tamil Nadu, Rameshwaram is one of the renowned pilgrim centers in India. The place has great religious value in the heart of every devotee therefore a number of people come here throughout the year to worship their God. Rameshwaram is amongst the Char Dham pilgrimages in the country.

Kanyakumari - The southernmost point of India, Kanyakumari is a small town located at the confluence of the Indian Ocean, Arabian Sea and Bay of Bengal. For a long time it has been a significant site in India both spiritually and more recently as a day tripping excursion from Kerala.

Shopping And Entertainment

Shopping in Tamil Nadu can be quite fruitful with so much to shop in almost every big town and city. The important shopping hubs in Tamil Nadu are as follows:

Chennai - The capital city of Chennai, which lies in the coastal region, has stalls lined on the footpaths around Parry's Corner. The market is also known to people as the Burma Bazaar; it is filled with items such as inexpensive electronic devices, watches and clothing. There are several hyper markets and malls as well. Visitors who wish to buy souvenirs can do so in the popular emporiums. Khadi Gramodyog Bhavan, Purbashree Emporium, Poompuhar Tamil Nadu Government Emporium and Central Cottage Industries Emporium are some of the popular emporiums. Nalli, one of the renowned sari brand stores with floors of ethnic and traditional garments has different branches spread across the city.

Madurai - When in Madurai, visitors can buy cotton fabrics with Batik work and Sungundi Saris, which are available in stores near the Meenakshi Temple. In Chidambaram, around the temple area there is the Khadi Craft Store that has a lot of curios for you to take home!

Mahabalipuram - Mahabalipuram is shopper's paradise for buying wonderful images of Hindu deities carved on soft stone or wood and decorative shells items. A few Kashmiri shops sell Hammocks and other handicraft items.

Kanchipuram - In Kanchipuram you can shop for some of the finest silk in the country. Weaving in Kanchipuram goes back almost 400 years. The silk in Kanchipuram is woven from silk worms bred purely on mulberry. Gandhi Road is a good place to pick up silk sarees. Nadu Street and TN Nambi Street also have some good shops that sell silk sarees. Other things of interest to shop in Kanchipuram include idols of gods and goddesses, jewellery boxes and other artifacts.

Kanyakumari- Shopping in Kanyakumari can be a great experience, as there are handicraft products, sea-shell items, decorative pieces and dress materials that make for some great souvenirs to take back home. You may also like to buy beautiful palm leaf paintings or you may buy dress materials and traditional saris from the local shops. Visit the emporiums such as, The Tamil Nadu Co-optex Sales Emporium, Tamil Nadu Crafts and Poompuhar where you can buy various handicraft items and other materials.

Ooty - Shopping in Ooty can be fun and exciting. The hill station is well-known for its aromatic tea leaves, honey, natural oil and fruits. Some of the interesting items that you may buy from Ooty includes embroidered Toda shawls, Toda silver jewellery and other locally made handicraft items that make for some great souvenirs to take back home. The main shopping areas of Ooty include The Municipal Market, Co-operative Super Market, Upper and Lower Bazaar Roads. Main bazaar is the primary shopping location from where you may buy different varieties of tea.

Pondicherry - Shopping in Pondichery can be an experience in itself. You can buy the most exquisite gift items ranging from Southern silks and fabrics to hand-made clay and metal pendants to leather key rings and a whole range of incense sticks and aroma candles. While the gift shops and the ashram stores feature great home decor items and junk jewellery, the Auroville shops and boutiques are complete with artistic and intricate work handicrafts made by the people who live and work in the Aurobindo Ashram. The main Puducherry beach is a host to big and small stores for buying curios and other gift items.

Money- The currency of India is Indian Rupees (INR). The currency exchange departments are present in almost every Indian city. You can also exchange your currency in 5 star and 4 star hotels, no other currency is valid except for Indian currency (INR).

Best time to Visit- The weather in Tamil Nadu is pleasant between the months July-September and January-March.

Travel Kit- Comfortable loose clothing and light cotton clothes are ideal for the climate of Tamil Nadu

Language- Tamil is the official language of Tamil Nadu state. Tamil is spoken by most of the people while around ten percent of the people residing in Tamil Nadu speak Telugu. Other languages popular in the state are Kannada, Urdu and Malayalam (though they are spoken by much smaller percentage).

Drugs- Heavy penalties including imprisonment for possession of narcotic drugs.

Temple Codes- It is advisable to dress conservatively in temples.

Smoking- Smoking is banned in public places.

Festivals and Fairs- January and February are packed with cultural festivals in Tamil Nadu. Some of the popular festivals are as follows:
• The temple town of Chidambaram hosts the annual Natyanjali Dance Festival in February.
• The Mammalapuram Dance festival extends over a month from mid-January to mid-February. Besides these, both Trichy and Kanchipuram come alive with enthusiasm during their Car processions. Bedecked chariots carrying revered idols tour the city to the accompaniment of much fanfare.
• Madurai hosts the annual Float Festival in January. The Shiva Meenakshi idols are taken out of the temples and float in the Mariamman Teppakulum tank on decorated rafts for several days.
• Mid January is also the time of harvest and its celebration with the festival of Pongal.

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